McCormack delighted with MVP nod

first_imgSt George’s College avenged their ISSA Southern Conference Under-16 basketball final defeat to St Catherine High in the All-Island final at G.C. Foster on Tuesday, and one of the most critical performances of the day was that of tournament MVP, Jadeja McCormack.Jordon Gilles might have led the North Street school with 17 points followed by Samora Williams with 13 and Nathan Reid with 10 points. However, it was the overall contribution of McCormack that really made the difference.The point guard only bagged eight points, but his rebounds, steals and ability to control the tempo of the game made the young player an invaluable asset for the defending under-16 champions, and he credits the hard work that he puts in as the reason for his success this season.”We wake up five o’ clock to train and finish at 9 a.m. to 10 (a.m.). Then I would play some pick up ball with (Arnett Rockers) D 1 players. I will be the first one in at training most of the time, and I work hard in the gym, run, and do what I have to do. The hard work has paid off,” he told The Gleaner after helping his team defeat St Catherine.HAPPY FOR WIN”I am pleased and happy, too, because to work so hard and not come out with anything would have been disappointing, so I am glad we won and I won (MVP),” he added.He admitted he had his difficulties through this season and credit his team for helping him through the tough times.”Some games, I lost focus, but my teammates and coaches helped me pick up, and I thank them for that,” he said.”I take this (sport) very seriously, and sometimes, my mother would tell me to stop playing, she says that I will damage myself, but I love basketball. I don’t love anything more than it, other than my family. I dream of playing in the NBL, and I am working hard to make that dream come true. Next I would like play college ball or for a (US) Division One league until I can work my way to the top,” he said.St George’s coach Clifford Brown thought McCormack’s all round contribution was indispensable and vital to their success this season.”His performance was stellar. His ball control, his ability to manage the game, he manages a lot of steals and converts on free throws. He plays good defence, he heeds instruction and he followed the mandate given to him. He is the point guard and he is supposed to run the team, and that’s what he did,” Brown commented.- L.S.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, today announced the appointment of Opera Atelier founding Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg to the Order of Canada. This announcement comes on the heels of Opera Atelier’s most extensive international touring in the company’s 33-year history. This honour recognizes Pynkoski and Zingg’s outstanding impact on the performing arts in Canada and their longtime commitment to the mentorship of young artists through The School of Atelier Ballet.Pynkoski and Zingg founded Opera Atelier in 1985. The company – dedicated to historically informed productions of baroque and classical opera and ballet is an acknowledged Canadian jewel with an unrivaled international touring schedule. Most recently, Opera Atelier’s production of Charpentier’s Medée was chosen to a part of the official Canada 150 celebrations in France.“It seems fitting,” says Pynkoski, “that Jeannette and I received a phone call from the Governor General’s office while we were in the Louvre researching for an upcoming Opera Atelier production.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Canadas top judge says country committed cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples

first_img(Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Photo courtesy of Roy Grogan)APTN National NewsCanada committed “cultural genocide” against Indigenous peoples through policies like Indian residential schools which were created to wipe out the languages and cultures of pre-existing nations, said the country’s top judge in a speech delivered Thursday.Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivered her remarks as Ottawa prepares for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final national event which begins Sunday.McLachlin said Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples in the 19th and early 20th Century was aimed at annihilating their culture and language in a bid to solve John A. Macdonald’s ‘Indian problem’ for good.“In the buzz-word of the day, assimilation; in the language of the 21st Century, cultural genocide,” said the Chief Justice, according to notes of McLachlin’s speech provided to APTN National News. “The most glaring blemish on the Canadian historic record relates to our treatment of the First Nations that lived here at the time of colonization.”McLachlin said “an initial period cooperative inter-reliance grounded in norms of equality and mutual dependence” was supplanted by “the ethos of exclusion and cultural annihilation.”She also listed some the tactics Canada used to “solve’ the Indian problem.“Early laws forbade treaty Indians from leaving allocated reservations. Starvation and disease were rampant. Indians were denied the right to vote. Religious and social traditions, like the Potlatch and the Sun Dances, were outlawed. Children were taken from their parents and sent away to residential schools where they were forbidden to speak their native languages, forced to wear white man’s clothing, forced to observe Christian religious practices, and not infrequently subjected to sexual abuse,” said McLachlin.McLachlin said for Macdonald and other Canadian officials at the time, “‘Indianess’ was not to be tolerated; rather it must be eliminated.”The speechDownload (PDF, Unknown)McLachlin said Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which were both the result of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors, are examples of Canada coming to grips with this dark legacy.“Yet the legacy of intolerance lives on in the lives of First Nation people and their children—a legacy of too much poverty, too little education and over-representation of Aboriginal people in our courts,” she said. “The lessons from the Canadian experience are replicated where intolerance has been systemically imposed—from Nazi attempts to eliminate Jews, gypsies and homosexuals, to Apartheid of South Africa, to the genocide of Rwanda. Intolerance doesn’t work and imposes enormous and unacceptable costs. Ultimately, the only way forward is the way of tolerance.”McLachlin delivered the speech during the fourth annual Pluralism Lecture of the Global Centre for Pluralism. The Globe and Mail was one of the sponsors for the event. The Globe and Mail first reported on the speech.Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair has called the Indian residential school policy an act of genocide under the UN definition of the term. Article “e” of the UN definition states genocide includes “forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”Sinclair told the Assembly of First Nations during a speech in Winnipeg this past December that the TRC’s final report, which will be released on Tuesday, will include a section on genocide.The Harper government has denied Indian residential schools were a form of genocide and has previously ordered spokespeople not to respond to questions on the subject.Former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan, who is now his party’s Whip in the House of Commons, said he didn’t see the residential school system was the result of an “education policy gone wrong.” He said it may have been “lethal” to First Nations culture if it continued.“I don’t view it that way (as an act of cultural genocide), but it was certainly very negative to the retention of culture and if had extended for another generation or two it might have been lethal,” said Duncan.The federal Aboriginal Affairs department issued an internal order to stonewall and avoid public questions on the issue after Duncan’s 2011 comment sparked outrage. The senior department official also requested the deletion of emails discussing the plan to avoid dealing with the questions.Recent academic research has argued that the Indian residential school system does fit the UN definition of genocide.“Canadians like to think we are a moral country, that we are good guys. A lot of Canadians recognize that residential schools were painful, that there was abuse…But there isn’t a widespread recognition that they were part of a systemic attempt to eliminate by force Aboriginal culture,” said University of Manitoba professor Christopher Powell in a previous interview with APTN on his book, Barbaric Civilization, in which he makes the read more

DEMA Hosts International Coastal Cleanup Day Fighting for trashfree seas

first_img Recommended for you Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASE16 September 2014DEMA hosts International Coastal Clean-up Day: “Fighting for trash-free seas”Everyone who lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is invited to take part in the International Coastal Clean-up hosted by Department of Environmental and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) this Saturday, 20 September 2014.This initiative will encourage people across TCI to remove shoreline litter to help create cleaner waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them.Schools and organisations can get involved by getting a group together and spending sometime of your day cleaning up a beach, bush, path, road or sea-bed in your local area.If you do not have a group but wish to participate, please contact Amy Avenant to find out about groups you may join and be put in contact with the District Commissioner in your island. Please forward this invitation on to anyone you think may be interested in participating.​WHAT TO DO NOW:Register your commitment in taking part with Amy Avenant, DEMA Environmental Outreach Co-ordinator ​ or 649 341 4321.​HOW TO GET INVOLVED:​Co-ordinate an underwater / beach / bush clean-up in your chosen area.WHEN:8:00am, Saturday 20 September 2014 (to beat the heat!)WHAT YOU WILL NEED:· Gloves· Water (make sure everyone remains properly hydrated – BUT we would like to encourage the use of re-usable water bottles, not single-use water bottles)· Trash Bags· You may want to keep a first aid kit handy in the event of cuts or scrapesWHAT TO DO ON THE DAY (and a few days before):· Arrange for proper disposal of the collected trash· Submit the following information to DEMA: o Organisation name o Number of clean-up participants o Location of trash collection (and whether it was underwater/beach/bush) o Number of bags collected o Amount of time spent collecting trash o Photographs of you / your organisation and the trash collected.Please help us in the fight for trash-free seas! Together we can all make a difference!ENDS Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Related Items:amy avenant, coastal cleaning, demalast_img read more

Real Madrid win their fourth Club World Cup in history

first_imgWith a dominant performance against Al Ain, Real Madrid becomes the only club in history to win three consecutive FIFA Club World Cups.During a season that has been as difficult as the one Real Madrid is experiencing at the moment, Los Blancos desperately needed the FIFA Club World Cup in the final against Al Ain to boost their confidence during the post-Ronaldo era.The Arab club surprised the world when they managed to defeat River Plate in the semifinals, which gave them the right to play this match against Santiago Solari’s squad, but this is as far as they were going to get.The truth is that Real Madrid was way too superior and the Arabs had absolutely no chances to defeat the Spanish giants, they did make them suffer during the first 60 minutes of the match and only a long distance screamer in the first half from Modric was able to keep them ahead in the scoreline before a full hour had passed.The shot that the Croatian midfielder took just before the 15-minute mark, was the perfect culmination to an already fantastic year he has as an individual player.However, Los Blancos still didn’t have a secured result and they required to push themselves further in order to get more goals that could make them feel more confident.¡REAL MADRID, TRICAMPEÓN DEL MUNDO!El momento esperado por los merengues: ¡Cuando levantan el título como campeones del #MundialdeClubesxFOX!Revívelo— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018Already in the second half, it was a beautiful long-distance volley from Marcos Llorente what gave Los Blancos that confidence they needed.The Real Madrid product has been playing amazing football under Santiago Solari this season, this goal is a reward for that effort he’s been making in order to get noticed.But a Real Madrid final cannot be completed without a Sergio Ramos header during a corner kick, the magical moment happened just before the 80-minute mark after Luka Modric sent a cross straight into Ramos’ head.The skipper has now scored goals in two Champions League finals, two European Supercup final, and two Club World Cup finals as well.It was 3-0 already, Los Blancos had secured their result and another trophy for the museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu.But the final still wasn’t over, Al Ain did score a goal near the end of the match through Shiotani in order to at least find a little comfort in a very difficult night for them.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Los Blancos still got a fourth goal after the 90th minute, they got it through an own goal scored by Yahia Nader.EL CAMINO AL TRICAMPEONATO #MundialdeClubesxFOX Así fue la goleada del Real Madrid al Al Ain en la Final⚽ – Modric (14′) ⚽ – Llorente (60′) ⚽ – Ramos (79′) ⚽ – Shiotani (86′) ⚽ – Nader [AG] (90′)— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) December 22, 2018This 4-1 result was the final nail on Al Ain’s coffin, the one that sealed the result for Real Madrid and got them to claim the FIFA Club World Cup for the third consecutive time.Santiago Solari clearly stepped in with the right foot as the manager for this squad, he also reached a historic milestone that only four other managers have been able to accomplish it.The Argentine manager won the Intercontinental Cup back in 2002 as a Real Madrid player, today he wins the equivalent competition as a manager and writes his name next to the likes of Luis Cubilla, Juan Mujica, Carlo Ancelotti, and Zinedine Zidane.All five men were able to win the same competition both as players and managers.This result is worthy of celebration for Los Blancos, they will travel back to Spain and rest for the holidays but they will have to go back to reality soon after.This club is not doing so well in La Liga right now, maybe this new trophy can give them the boost they need in order to improve their results during the year of 2019.Congratulations to Real Madrid, they are the World Champions for the third consecutive year.🏆🎉 ¡CAMPEONES DEL MUNDO! #RMCWC | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) December 22, 2018Who was the player you liked the most in the final between Real Madrid and Al Ain? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

RAWRomeo Akbar Walter movie review John Abrahams film fails to impress until

first_imgRAW-Romeo Akbar Walter movie reviewTwitter Rating Spy thrillers require a good deal of nail-biting moments and of course, an impactful climax. Raw-Romeo Akbar Walter starring John Abraham is blessed with the second requirement but lacks in the other prerequisite.STORYLINEIn the wake of a war-like situation with Pakistan in 1971, India’s intelligence agency RAW looks for an ideal person who could serve the country by being a spy in the neighbouring nation. RAW chief Shrikant Rai (Jackie Shroff) picks the son of a martyred soldier, Romeo Ali (John Abraham), as the chosen one.With due training, Romeo (who is now named as Akbar) sets off in his mission and digs out highly confidential information about a Pakistani operation, and serves it to RAW. However, things soon turn hostile and Romeo’s cover gets blown.To know whether and how Romeo makes an escape route for himself, you need to watch the film. RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESJohn looks convincing as a spy but still needs to work a lot on his expressions. He more or less maintains the same straight face almost throughout the film. Mouni Roy as another spy agent of RAW looks gorgeous but does not have much scope to exhibit her acting skills. RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter stillYouTube ScreenshotSikandar Kher as Pakistani Army officer delivers a comparatively powerful performance. He showcases the dark side of his character pretty well. Jackie with that heavy voice is impactful. The rest of the supporting cast is good too. RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESThe best part of RAW- Romeo Akbar Walter is its climax. The twist at the end of the movie is quite impressive. Some of the scenes are impactful. For instance, the scene where Romeo gets third-degree torture hits you hard. RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESThe movie is quite sluggish, which is a major setback for spy thrillers. There are certain scenes that look a little childish and out of logic. For example, while the Pakistani Army is after John’s character, he out of nowhere suddenly appears in a Pakistani Army uniform and enters their HQ without even getting checked. RAW-Romeo Akbar Walter stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTRAW- Romeo Akbar Walter is average in most parts if you compare it with Raazi, but the climax is quite impressive. And like they say, all is well that ends well.center_img RAW-Romeo Akbar Walterlast_img read more

ICICI Securities to Charge Just ₹7 as Annual Fee to Manage EPFOs

first_imgICICI Securities Primary Dealership will be charging a meagre ₹7 per year — the lowest bid made by any fund manager in the latest round — to manage ₹1.4 lakh crore out of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) ₹7 lakh crore debt corpus.The EPFO’s Finance, Investment and Audit Committee opened the bids by ICICI Securities and that of four others, in January.The Committee accepted ICICI Securities’ bid of 0.0000000005 per cent and allocated 20 percent of its funds to the fund manager.The other four bidders offered higher fee as compared to that of ICICI Securities, whose bid has baffled experts. “The ridiculously low quote by ICICI Securities Primary Dealership is surprising because, unlike the bidding for the NPS funds, fund managers are not supposed to match the lowest quote,” Manoj Nagpal, chief executive of Outlook Asia Capital, told The Economic Times.Of the five fund managers, only three are expected to earn profit from managing EPFO’s funds. One of the managers, Reliance Capital AMC, is unlikely to recover costs it will incur to manage ₹1,22,500 crore allocated by the EPFO, as it will get only ₹11 lakh as fee.ICICI Securities has actually improved its bid from 0.0003 percent quoted in 2011; it had then got to manage 35 percent of EPFO’s corpus.The EPFO has been used to such low bids, with a fund manager even offering to manage its funds free of cost, which was rejected because the bid did not have a “commercial logic.”Why fund managers quote such low fee?The logic-defying fee quoted by fund managers actually has a logic, if an analyst is to be believed.”If they manage a very large corpus, they can showcase the AUM (assets under management) to global investors and boost their valuations,” said an industry source.last_img read more

Mumbai on red alert as IMD forecasts very heavy rains for next

first_imgThe air, rail and road traffic were severely affected on Monday, July 8, due to heavy rains.TwitterPredicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai for the next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department has placed the city and the coastal Konkan region on ‘red alert’. Warning the fishermen to not venture into the Arabian Sea, the weather department requested the Mumbai residents to take necessary precautions and ensure safety.Weather Forecast by I.M.D at 08:00 – INTERMITTENT RAIN WITH HEAVY TO VERY HEAVY FALLS IS LIKELY TO OCCUR IN CITY AND SUBURBS. . @IMDWeather #Monsoon2019 #MCGMUpdates #MumbaiRains #SafeMonsoon— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) July 9, 2019The air, rail and road traffic was severely affected on Monday, July 8, due to heavy rains. A total of 11 flights were cancelled and another three diverted because of poor visibility at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Several local trains on the Central and Western lines were also cancelled.However, the railway services resumed in the city with no water-logging reported on Tuesday. The rainfall recorded between Monday and Tuesday by the weather station installed in Colaba and Santacruz was 41 mm and 130.4 mm.Meanwhile, a wall crash in the Andheri East area of the city was reported on Monday morning. One person sustained minor injuries in the incident, which happened at the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.In another incident, a portion of an Opera house building collapsed just when the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) workers were trying to barricade it. The building was vacated a few hours before the crash after a small part of the structure crashed during painting work.The incident came a week after around 30 people were killed in two separate wall crashes in the city.last_img read more

PM gives away Ekushey Padak to 21

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2019 among 21 eminent citizens for their contributions to their respective fields, reports UNB.The prime minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organised by the cultural affairs ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.Professor Halima Khatun (posthumous), lawyer Golam Arif Tipu and professor Monowara Islam got the award for their role in the Language Movement.Subir Nandi, Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil won the award for their contributions to music while Lucky Enam, Suborna Mustafa and Liaquat Ali Lucky for performing arts.Sayeda Khanam and Jamal Uddin Ahmed were honoured with the award for their contributions to photography and fine arts respectively while Khitindra Chandra Baishya was given the Ekushey Padak for his role in the Liberation War.Biswajit Ghosh and Mahbubul Haque were conferred the award for their research while Pranab Kumar Barua was awarded for his contribution to education.Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haq Milon, Ashim Saha, Anwara Syed Haq, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Harishankar Jaladas received the award for contributions to language and literature.Each recipient got a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 200,000.State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid presided over the function.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam read out the citations of the award recipients, while acting cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal delivered the welcome speech.last_img read more

The Unwritten Rules of Social Networking

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Drumming up a fan base on MySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter isn’t as simple as sending out friend requests. To find followers, you need to create threads and promote products on social sites. To do so, there are a few unwritten rules of etiquette you should know. Master the etiquette so you can stop sending Super Pokes and start winning over your connected consumers.Be PatientIt’s hard to feel competitive when you’re comparing your 50 friends to someone’s 5,000, but if you take it slow as you build your social content, you’ll fare better in the long run. Don’t request friends blindly.”In most cases, there is no viable mass adding strategy for companies,” says Joel Postman, principal of Socialized, a social media consultancy for businesses. “To start off, follow a few people, get referrals and create a network that’s useful to you as a businessperson.”Also resist the urge to ask all your contacts to join your network. Tom Lewis, vice president of marketing for imaging toolkits and applications provider Atalasoft, imported his Gmail contacts into Facebook and then asked them all to friend him, sending messages to professional contacts as well as people he didn’t know very well. Big mistake. He issued a mea culpa message afterward, calling it a “definite mistake.” A better idea is to announce social networks on your site, in your newsletter, or in an e-mail signature, and let contacts come to you.Be InclusiveJust because you shouldn’t be sending out friend requests to everyone in your address book doesn’t mean you should be shy about connecting with networkers that come to you. Don’t take a chance on alienating potential customers.”So long as it’s not a spam request from a porn site or get-rich-quick scheme, I will friend anyone who appears to be a real person,” Postman says. “For a business, you have to accept every live person because you run the risk of offending a customer.”Be on MessageOnce connected, keep your connections’ sensibilities in mind. One evening, Brooke Webb, marketing and PR director at Vicinity Manufacturing, started posting to Twitter after a failed client dinner and a few cocktails. She says, “I tweeted several messages that compared my clients and their cities to the adventures of Dante in The Inferno. You know, seventh-circle-of-hell references, and so on.”Even worse, her Twitter account posted to her LinkedIn so all her professional contacts could see what she had written. Webb has since learned to keep her Twittering professional, using it for her company’s customer service and encouraging clients to reach out to her directly. She also posts about social media and has some much tamer personal posts.Your online presence is a very visible part of your brand, so make sure what you say and do online reflects your company’s culture. If you’re comfortable joking around or sharing details about your personal life, go for it, but as a general rule, Postman says to ask yourself “How would I behave I weren’t online?”Though there’s a delete button for a social slip-up, you may never be able to completely fix a misguided communiqu?. Last summer, SocialMedian CEO Jason Goldberg Twittered about raising angel investment for his company, possibly running afoul of securities regulations. He tried deleting the Tweet, but in moments, it was captured, published and lambasted on TechCrunch and other blogs.Be TransparentWhen filling out your profile, don’t copy and paste your white paper–a few sentences will do. Show some personality by sharing information under your interests, but if you’re more comfortable keeping things strictly business, relate everything back to your core message. Also, don’t add any Facebook applications your contacts need to add to see–they look unprofessional and can annoy your network. Take charge of your online persona by posting a profile image. If your account is under your name, use a headshot; if your account is your business name, opt for a logo. If you’ve hired a community manager to handle your accounts, give some information on your site about that person, as well. And always include two-way links, from your social site to your website and vice versa, to help people quickly find and vet you.Be TactfulTo get some business out of your social networks, it’s best not to immediately send new friends offers to download an e-book or to sign up for a newsletter. Be more subtle. Work your promotion into your everyday conversations by telling people about upcoming conferences, responding to questions in your field, or pointing out new and relevant blog posts.As a general rule, try to match the way your contacts interact with you. Respond to a wall post with a wall post and a message with a message. Most other communication should be done via more passive Twitter or status updates. Postman says, “What works is being genuine, not being a hype machine.”Be AlertTo improve your brand standing, search for complaints or problems about your business, and respond in a helpful way, without necessarily adding the person as a contact. For example, Comcast has a ComcastCares account on Twitter that responds to complaints and provides customer service right in the platform. By empowering a community manager to listen and respond to complaints, you’re taking a big step toward winning over customers.center_img Register Now » December 3, 2008last_img read more